A solemn day in Midland Thursday as friends near and far said goodby to Sheriff Gary Painter for the last time.
”It means a lot I think everybody in the state of Texas knew Gary at one point or another; he had been in so long,” says Dawson County Sheriff, Matt Hogg
A pillar of the Midland community Sheriff Gary Painter’s legacy went far beyond Texas State lines.
According to Oklahoma Sheriff Chris West, ”he was salt to the earth, he was a stand up guy. All the Sheriff’s west of the Mississippi, which is the Western State’s Sheriff’s Association, thought the same thing and that’s why he was our President.”
Sheriff Painter was the President of the Western State Sheriff’s Association at the time of his passing,
Chris West says he isn’t surprised that hundreds came out to pay their respects.
”He is a man’s man and that’s why you see the turn out that you see her today,” says West
The Dawson County Sheriff says he admires Sheriff Painter’s work ethic and will always look up to him. ”Rough when he had to be but a real caring person. You could talk to him about any questions you had, you could talk to him, and with his knowledge he would tell you what he knew about your situation or how to help you.”
A true testament to his many years of service.
”There’s not too many other people that would know as much as he knows about law enforcement,” says Hogg
According to a local Midland resident he was one of a kind
And the best Sheriff Midland has ever had.
”He was a legend of his own time,” says Artie Offield